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Published on 17/06/2010 - Edition


Birthdate : 13 / 12 / 1949

Nationality : Japan

Jobs : director

Our Anime Guest of honor is Kenji KODAMA, who has made the animation version of some of the works of our Manga Guest of honor, Tsukasa HÔJÔ!

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Kenji KODAMA was born on December 13th, 1949 and is one of these discreet craftsman of Japanese animation, with a name few people know but whose works are famous!

In 1977, Tokyo Movie Shinsha offers him the job of character designer for the Season 2 of the most famous Anime of the time, Lupin III, before entrusting him with the direction of Cat’s Eye Season 2 three years later.

His way of representing the contemporary urban Tôkyô perfectly matches the universe of Tsukasa HÔJÔ and he has to direct the first three seasons of City Hunter produced by Sunrise, from 1987 to 1990, but also TV Specials and OAVs telling unpublished and unbroadcast adventures of Ryô Saeba.

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After the remake of the cult Flanders no Inu, Boku no Patrasche in 1992, Kenji KODAMA gets back to the detective genre, directing the series during the below period and below listed films of Detective Conan. Started in 1996, the series is still being produced by TMS.

Sharing the director job with Yasuichiro YAMAMOTO, Kenji KODAMA allows himself a breath of fresh air once in a while at Sunrise, working on different projects, such as Kekkaishi or, more recently, Tales of the Abyss.

His works

  • 2008 - Tales of the Abyss
  • 2006 - Kekkaishi
  • 2003 - Detective Conan The Movie: “Crossroad in the Ancient Capital”
  • 2002 - Detective Conan The Movie: “The Phantom of Baker Street”
  • 2001 - Detective Conan The Movie: “Countdown to Heaven”
  • 2000 - Detective Conan The Movie: “Captured in Her Eyes”
  • 1999 - Detective Conan The Movie: “The Last Wizard of the Century”
  • 1998 - Detective Conan The Movie: “The Fourteenth Target”
  • 1997 - Detective Conan The Movie: “The Time Bombed Skyscraper”
  • 1996-2000 - Detective Conan TV Series
  • 1992 - My Patrasche
  • 1990 - City Hunter The Secret Service TV Special
  • 1990 - City Hunter One Million Dollar Conspiracy TV Special
  • 1989 - City Hunter Season 3, TV series
  • 1989 - City Hunter Magnum with Love and Fate TV Special
  • 1988 - City Hunter Season 2, TV series
  • 1987 - City Hunter Season 1, TV series
  • 1984 - Cat’s Eye Season 2, TV series

Meet the guest

Associated themes

  • Anime